The Dale-y Word
by Rev. Duchess Dale
“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?'” Martin Luther King, Jr.
“A tree is known by its fruit; a man by his deeds. A good deed is never lost; he who sows courtesy reaps friendship, and he who plants kindness gathers love.” Saint Basil
Recently, I went to fill my car with gasoline at Smith’s so I could use my member’s rewards for a discount. For some (at that time) inexplicable reason, the machine kept invalidating my number and after a few attempts, I decided it was not meant to be. As I turned away, right behind me was a disheveled man in a wheel chair attached to a catheter bag. “Excuse me, can you spare some money I am trying to meet my $40 co-pay.” I had not dissolved my frustration fog and I proceeded to tell him I don’t carry cash and was just unable to use my debit card. “Anything would help, even $2.00.” I went to my car to look at what I had in the parking meter cubby and only found two dimes which I offered. “I wouldn’t want to take that from you.” In that moment, the better angels of my nature flew in to uplift me and I offered him a prayer instead. He asked me the name of my church and I explained I was non-denominational minister. Beyond what I sensed what his uncertainty, I proceeded to pray for his well-being; for him to know God as source and supply; to have his needs easily met in safety, wholeness and peace. When I completed the prayer, I looked at him not sure what to expect. Once again, he surprised me and said, “That was some incredible prayer. Who are you?” I introduced myself and asked his name. “Bill.” We shook hands just as the man next to us filling up his car on the other aisle reached in and handed Bill $2.00. Bill said thank you and brightly turned to me, “See? It’s working already.” We shared a high-five and went on our way.
I left the gas station knowing why I had been sent there. It was not as I intended to fill up my gas tank but instead, to top off my humanity.
Affirm: God is the one true Source.I am rich in the Spirit. I am full to overflowing with the goodness of God everywhere.
Rev. Duchess Dale